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20140507170641-_bwc3792 Reinventing the museum as a relevant social arena   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Stedelijk Museum 's-Hertogenbosch March 8th - June 15th
Posted 5/7/14

“The coming twenty years we’ll be okay, with all the baby boomers retiring. But after that we’ll have to come up with a different way of doing things otherwise museums will soon be obsolete.” It was Arnoud Odding, director of Rijksmuseum Twenthe, who said this when I asked him about the most pressing priorities in the Dutch art sector. Odding has given the subject a lot of thought. In 2004 he published Het Gedroomde Museum (The Dream Museum), about the museum as a place for... [more]

20140425083244-hitosteyerl_how_not_to_be_seen_a_fucking_didactic_educational_mov_file_2013_9 How not to be eaten by an out-of-focus monster: A fucking didactic educational exhibition review.   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Hito Steyerl at Van Abbemuseum April 12th - June 22nd
Posted 4/25/14

“I think Bigfoot is blurry, that's the problem. It's not the photographer's fault. Bigfoot is blurry, and that's extra scary to me. There's a large, out-of-focus monster roaming the countryside. Run, he's fuzzy, get out of here.” – Mitch Hedberg Mitch Hedberg’s enduring Bigfoot joke is predicated on a misunderstanding that conflates image-making technology and distribution with real world appearances. It’s the same one that Berlin-based writer and filmmaker Hito Stey... [more]

20140409133755-safe_from_harm_2012_c_richard_mosse__courtesy_of_the_artist_and_jack_shainman_gallery__new_york Can war photography be beautiful?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Richard Mosse at Foam - Fotografie Museum March 21st - June 1st
Posted 4/9/14

“Are you an artist or a journalist?” Marcel Feil, the Deputy Director of artistic affairs at Foam, wasted no time getting to the big questions. The recipient was Richard Mosse, who had arrived in Amsterdam that morning for the installation and opening of his exhibition The Enclave. Once the jokes about typical Dutch candor died down the Irish photographer swiftly dismissed the idea that he might be a journalist: “I’m an artist, though I’ve got documentarian blood.&rdq... [more]

Collector's Catalogue Vol. 6, Issue 2: Corporate Collections, Crowdfunding, and the Almighty Patron   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/27/14

Corporate Collections: On the threshold of a new type of patronage Edo Dijksterhuis profiles the important role corporate collections play in the Netherlands art world. Some 45,000 works of art. That’s the number of artworks owned by the twenty member companies and institutions upon the 2005 launch of the Vereniging Bedrijfscollecties Nederland (VBCN – Netherlands Association of Corporate Collections). That’s half as many as the Stedelijk Museum has on displa... [more]

20140326165229-ola_lanko Corporate Collections: on the threshold of a new type of patronage   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/26/14

Some 45,000 works of art. That’s the number of artworks owned by the twenty member companies and institutions upon the 2005 launch of the Vereniging Bedrijfscollecties Nederland (VBCN – Netherlands Association of Corporate Collections). That’s half as many as the Stedelijk Museum has on display and in storage. Less than nine years later the number stands at roughly 100,000 works of art and the ranks of the VBCN have swollen to forty-six. Suffice it to say, corporate collections in... [more]

20140326170646-c-viviane-sassen-zone-01-umbra-series-2014 A peddler of abnormal pictures   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Viviane Sassen at Nederlands Fotomuseum March 8th - June 1st
Posted 3/26/14

“Shadow is built like a cattle rustler’s dream girl: long-legged, long-armed, long-framed,” writes Moses Isegawa in a story in Flamboya, Viviane Sassen’s 2008 photobook. It’s not hard to recognize the photographer herself in this fictitious character – Sassen is tall, with a model’s figure. Moreover, Isegawa, author of the Abyssinian Chronicles (1998), describes Shadow as “a nomad,” qualifies the photographs she shows him as “abnormal,&rd... [more]

20140313071313-jw_invisible_man_by_ralp_ellison__the_prologue_1999-2000_transparencyinlightbox_174x250_5cm_courtesytheartist Bending the frame of photography: Jeff Wall tweaks reality   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jeff Wall at Stedelijk Museum March 1st - August 3rd
Posted 3/13/14

The Jeff Wall show at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam contains fewer works than the large retrospective held at Tate Modern in 2005-2006 – the score is thirty-seven against more than fifty. Also, it covers a shorter period than the London presentation of two and a half decades of work. And there is some serious overlap with the older show. Still, the Amsterdam exhibition is probably the better. Jeff Wall 1978-2004 at Tate Modern followed a largely chronological path. It led visitors through the art... [more]

20140227035336-raymond I saw the clouds were beautiful and I watched them cover the sun.   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Nina Yuen at de Appel Arts Centre February 8th - April 13th
Posted 2/27/14

Like a great pop song or a poem, Nina Yuen’s work enchants, making you feel like she’s speaking to you alone. Her performative films, which are currently on view at de Appel arts centre, bind the universal with the ultrapersonal. They fill the second floor of the Prins Hendrikkade space in an exhibition consisting mainly of these short, fantastical films of approximately six or seven minutes each, plus some prints titled as studies for her films Andoe and Lea. Although it is nice to see Yuen’s work in other m... [more]

Art Rotterdam's Great Leap Forward: Your Guide to the Fair and More...   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/17/14

ART ROTTERDAM'S GREAT LEAP FORWARD Edo Dijksterhuis looks at a growing fair and its newest exhibitors Fifteen years into the game Art Rotterdam has comfortably settled into the role of top contemporary art fair in the Netherlands. But director Fons Hof is not resting on his laurels. Edition 2014 signals a Great Leap Forward. This is to be taken quite literally as the fair is moving from the Cruise Terminal on the Kop van Zuid to the monumental Van Nellefabriek. The new venue, with its peripheral location bringi... [more]

20140204001434-20140203170241-marleen_sleeuwits Art Rotterdam’s Great Leap Forward   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Art Rotterdam February 6th - February 9th
Posted 2/3/14

Fifteen years into the game Art Rotterdam has comfortably settled into the role of top contemporary art fair in the Netherlands. But director Fons Hof is not resting on his laurels. Edition 2014 signals a Great Leap Forward. This is to be taken quite literally as the fair is moving from the Cruise Terminal on the Kop van Zuid to the monumental Van Nellefabriek. The new venue, with its peripheral location bringing to mind Frieze New York, has a lot going for it: the catering – slow and poor... [more]

20140203171320-object_rotterdam_2014_-_lizan_freijsen Art Rotterdam Week: Across the Bridge   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Object Rotterdam February 6th - February 9th
Posted 2/3/14

Recently Rotterdam placed prominently in a number of travel guides’ 2014 lists – Rough Guides named it eight out of its Top 10 Cities to visit this year, while The New York Times charted it at ten on its 52 Places To Go list. An abnormally warm winter makes February the perfect time to dive into the city’s most exciting month when it comes to contemporary art. The IFFR (International Film Festival Rotterdam) will warm up the public with its selection of global cinema, followed by... [more]

20140129110245-rob_hornstra_-_shiprestaurant In the shadow of Putin’s prestige project   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Rob Hornstra at Huis Marseille Museum voor Fotografie December 14th, 2013 - March 9th
Posted 1/29/14

Making waves early on as the first Dutch photography student to graduate with a limited edition artist’s book and being recognized as a prodigy by the likes of Martin Parr, Rob Hornstra has always received his fair share of attention. But these last couple of weeks the spotlight has been considerably brighter. The reason: the upcoming Winter Olympic Games. For over five years Hornstra, together with writer Arnold van Bruggen, has traveled throughout the Caucasus to document the “reali... [more]

20140115141522-dance_still_04 Of the city and its melancholy   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Hans Op de Beeck at Museum Arnhem December 7th, 2013 - March 30th
Posted 1/15/14

With Hans Op de Beeck it’s all about feelings. The Flemish artist’s main aim in life is to evoke a smile, a tear, relief, elation, anger, anything but emotional dullness. In his construction of mood-inducing stages, his chosen medium, he knows almost no restrictions, except for his own perfectionism. His eye for detail and love for craftsmanship are just as present in his small black-and-white watercolors as in the eighty square-meter installation Merry-go-round (2005), which features a... [more]

20131231113020-mondrian_girls1 Amsterdam 2013 Superlatives   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/31/13

By a contingency of scheduling, our Amsterdam 2013 superlatives always seem to get published at the start of 2014. That’s okay. This hangover week, as we recover from festivities, resolving to eat lentils and drink lots of water, is as good of a time as any to reflect on the year past. The galleries prepare to open; the work we’ve put aside tiptoes from periphery to center. Sure, we could fall right back into pensive reviews and editorial, but instead, let’s have one last recap to... [more]

20131219075549-cutaways Phantoms Inc.   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Agnieszka Kurant at Stroom Den Haag December 1st, 2013 - February 23rd
Posted 12/19/13

Did you know that in the 1920s a con artist sold the Eiffel Tower – twice? Or that Spain and Portugal once claimed discovery and settlement of the same nonexistent island? That MoMA might own an artwork by Marcel Broodthaers that isn’t an artwork at all? Collecting this sort of fun factoid is all in a day’s work for Agnieszka Kurant, the New York-based Polish artist who is equal parts scholar, editor, necromancer, and philosopher. In her interdisciplinary practice, stories, rumors, and... [more]

20131203191446-radiant_bodies_and_unreal_aliens Too much of a good thing?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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De Ateliers Galleries Akinci, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Trouw Amsterdam, Galerie Paul Andriesse, Borzo modern & contemporary art, Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, VZL / Contemporary Art, Boetzelaer|Nispen, Witteveen Visual Art Centre, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Stigter Van Doesburg, EYE, International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA), Annet Gelink Gallery, Flatland Gallery, Lumen Travo Gallery, Ornis A. Gallery, Upstream Gallery, Galerie Van Gelder, Grimm, Gerhard Hofland, Juliette Jongma, De Oude Kerk, Galerie Ron Mandos, Manifesta, Galerie Onrust, Castrum Peregrini, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam Others Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Slewe, C&H Art Space, tegenboschvanvreden, Torch, Artist residencies Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen, Martin van Zomeren Institutes/Museums de Appel arts centre, Galerie Fons Welters at Capital A November 29th, 2013 - December 1st, 2013
Posted 12/3/13

How much space do you need to organize an art fair? Not much, prove galleries Boetzelaer|Nispen and Jeanine Hofland. In their modest adjoining spaces, on fewer square meters than measures an average family home, they set up A Petite Fair. Twelve young international galleries showed work by as many artists. The flavor was overwhelmingly neo-conceptual, ranging from Bas van den Hurk’s poetic experiments with dyes and textiles and Oliver Michaels’ black-and-white photographs of bizarre... [more]


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